Sean Purcell Photography

Sean Purcell Photography Wedding & portrait photographers helping the DMV capture special moments in your life – especially the candid ones – to look back on for years to come.
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Just like there are so many different personalities in the world, there are many different ways to capture them. Our goal is to create a wedding day experience that shows off who you really are. While we are based in Northern Virginia, nowhere in the world is out of the question! Whether you're looking at one of the incredible venues here in the DMV, or have your heart set on a destination wedding, we'd love to chat so we can put together a collection as special as you are.

Whether your kids have two legs, four legs, or angel wings - today is your day. Happy Mother's Day!!
05/13/2018

Whether your kids have two legs, four legs, or angel wings - today is your day. Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Saturday everyone! It's been almost two months, but my time in New Orleans with AKP Retreat has made it to the blo...
05/12/2018
Taking Details to the Next Level | AKP Jazzy Retreat | Northern Virginia Photographer

Happy Saturday everyone! It's been almost two months, but my time in New Orleans with AKP Retreat has made it to the blog!! It's sort of going to be a two-part blog, with this piece being about the retreat itself (and showing off my flat lay skills), and the next one being about the anniversary shoot we did while down there!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/2018/5/6/elevating-details

Amanda

Back in March, I had the privilege to attend my fourth AKP Retreat . One of these days I’ll get the first three blogged, but for now I want to share a bit about my time in New Orleans with you.  Each retreat that I have attended has been such an incredible experience, and all four have be

Monday's got me like... ☕️☕️☕️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Any guesses on how many cups of coffee it will take...
05/07/2018

Monday's got me like... ☕️☕️☕️
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Any guesses on how many cups of coffee it will take to get me through this week? (hint: it's Mother's Day next Sunday, and I work in flower wholesale)
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Photo credit: Alisha Faith Photography

Remember that gorgeous styled shoot Sean and I took part in last month? I blogged it, and I'm super excited to share it ...
05/06/2018
D.C. Garden Glam | A Styled Shoot | Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer

Remember that gorgeous styled shoot Sean and I took part in last month?

I blogged it, and I'm super excited to share it with you!!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/2018/5/5/gardenglam

~Amanda

All events are a wonderful collaboration of vendors, coming together to bring our clients vision to life. Styled shoots aren’t much different, other than the fact that there’s not really a designated client. Someone, be it an event planner, a photographer, florist or other creative, gets an idea...

Two weeks ago, I had a great time hanging with Julie from Beaumont House Design and Elizabeth from Modern Mercantile out...
04/27/2018
Spring Flower Workshop | Northern Virginia Photographer

Two weeks ago, I had a great time hanging with Julie from Beaumont House Design and Elizabeth from Modern Mercantile out in Berryville, for Julie's Spring Floral Workshop. Take a peek at the blog for a look at the gorgeous creations that Julie's super talented workshop attendees put together!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/2018/4/25/spring-flower
Amanda

As someone who has been around flowers her entire life in one way or another, it’s pretty clear I have a deep love for them. So when I heard that Julie Abrera, from Beaumont House Designs , was hosting a Spring Floral Workshop, I jumped at the chance to photograph it!! 

04/15/2018
Sean Purcell Photography Contest Photos

Part of this year's Shoot and Share Photo Contest was a free video from a new service called Vivi!! Check out the awesome compilation of all of our entries in this years contest!

It's time for Fridayyyyy Introductionsssss!!!! (yes, I sang that).Haha, man I hate talking about myself. Instead, we're ...
04/13/2018

It's time for Fridayyyyy Introductionsssss!!!! (yes, I sang that).

Haha, man I hate talking about myself. Instead, we're gonna go with... Two truths and a lie!! Comment below with your guess as to what isn't a thing in my life.

1. I have a tattoo.
2. I am allergic to beets.
3. I have never broken a bone.

Hehe. Have fun with that one. And next week, we'll play this game with Sean!!
PS - Huuuuuge shoutout to Ashton Kelley Photography for taking this amazing headshot at the last AKP Retreat. You my dear, are the best

Happy Anniversary to an amazing couple!!Alex and Holly were the very first wedding that Sean and I shot together, and we...
04/12/2018

Happy Anniversary to an amazing couple!!

Alex and Holly were the very first wedding that Sean and I shot together, and we flew to Phoenix to do it! Looking back through their album brought back lots of fun memories. I’m sensing a blog post dedicated to these two coming very soon!

It’s National Pet Day! Not exactly a coincidence, but it’s also the day Toby makes his debut on the blog! Head on ov...
04/11/2018
National Pet Day! | Loudoun County Photographer

It’s National Pet Day! Not exactly a coincidence, but it’s also the day Toby makes his debut on the blog! Head on over to check out his cuteness. He’d also like to know what pet you’re celebrating today!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/national-pet-day-loudoun-photographer

Amanda

It's National Pet Day!! Since my pets (specifically Toby) are such a huge part of my life, I thought I'd dedicate my second official blog post to them!!

I'm almost as in love with this gorgeous golden glow as Megan is with Jarred. The love between these two is so incredibl...
04/06/2018

I'm almost as in love with this gorgeous golden glow as Megan is with Jarred. The love between these two is so incredible, I had a really hard time finding a photo where they weren't kissing, lol

I am a huuuuge sucker for romantic florals. I am an even bigger sucker when they include shades of peaches and cream. Am...
04/04/2018

I am a huuuuge sucker for romantic florals. I am an even bigger sucker when they include shades of peaches and cream. Amy Lauren did such an amazing job providing florals for the shoot at The Hill Center. I'm so in love with all of the images from this shoot, Candice from CM Events did a wonderful job pulling together vendors to help pull off her vision.

Hard to believe that at this time last week, I was sharing coffee and making memories with my #akpsisters in New Orleans...
04/02/2018

Hard to believe that at this time last week, I was sharing coffee and making memories with my #akpsisters in New Orleans! I never did get a chance to share my badass swag from the #akpjazzyretreat . Each retreat comes with a carefully curated, totally awesome bag of goodies. @ashtonkelleyphotography is the best :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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AKP Retreat
Sucré New Orleans
LoveOffering
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#spurcellphotog #neworleans #gardendistrict #communityovercompetition #photographyworkshop #akpswag @ Garden District, New Orleans

My new styling ribbons from Honey Silks & Co are clearly Toby-approved. I fully expect him to pull apart some flat lays ...
04/01/2018

My new styling ribbons from Honey Silks & Co are clearly Toby-approved. I fully expect him to pull apart some flat lays when I put this to use, lol.

Here are a couple sneak peeks from today's shoot at the Hill Center in DC. Candice, from CM Events, did an AMAZING job w...
04/01/2018

Here are a couple sneak peeks from today's shoot at the Hill Center in DC. Candice, from CM Events, did an AMAZING job with the planning, design and execution of her vision. It was amazing to work with such a wonderful team of vendors, and an absolutely incredible set of models!

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Venue: Hill Center
Planning/Design/Styling: CM Events
Styling: A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design
Floral: Amy Lauren Floral Design
Stationary: Emily Baird Design
Models: @ashleydsummers, @steveoback
Rentals: Select Event Group
Linen: Nuage Designs, Inc.
Hair/Makeup: Renata Lynette
Cake: Angyono Custom Cakes
Ring Box: Lace Byrd
Dress: White Swan Bridal Boutique
Tux: Generation Tux
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Veil: @eclatveils
Photographers: Amanda and Sean

Super excited to be working with Julie from Beaumont House Design on this awesome floral design workshop next month!! Sh...
03/29/2018

Super excited to be working with Julie from Beaumont House Design on this awesome floral design workshop next month!! She still has a few spots left, check out the post for more info! ~Amanda

There are a few more spaces left in the Spring Centerpiece Floral Workshop on Saturday, April 14 at Modern Mercantile. We will have the most beautiful spring blooms on hand and our friend and photographer Amanda Buckland will be with us capturing your creative process! Come spend the morning with us in this intimate workshop surrounded by sumptuous flowers.

https://www.beaumont-house.com/events/2018/3/12/2018-spring-centerpiece-workshop

Photo credit: Krysta Norman Photography

While I was in New Orleans this weekend, the results from the 2018 Shoot & Share contest were posted!! (perhaps even mor...
03/29/2018
Shoot & Share Contest Results | Northern Virginia Photographer

While I was in New Orleans this weekend, the results from the 2018 Shoot & Share contest were posted!! (perhaps even more exciting, I wrote a second blog post, LOL)

Head on over to the blog to see how our photos stacked up!

https://www.seanpurcellphotography.com/blog/shoot-and-share-2018

Amanda

So this was our first year entering the annual Shoot and Share contest, and man was it awesome!! I had a really hard time picking only (haha) 50 images to submit, since I had alllllll of our sessions to choose from! 

Okay, seriously, guys. I have to share another one. So many images from this weekend are incredible, but nothing compare...
03/27/2018

Okay, seriously, guys. I have to share another one. So many images from this weekend are incredible, but nothing compares to the ones I took of Josefina. Her laugh and smile are contagious, and this beaded backdrop couldn't have been more fitting for her personality! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #neworleans #headshots #portrait #mardigrasbeads #infectioussmile #hottie

I can't wait to share more with you from this weekend, but here's a little sneak peek from our shoot with Jarred and Meg...
03/27/2018

I can't wait to share more with you from this weekend, but here's a little sneak peek from our shoot with Jarred and Megan on Saturday! They're local (to New Orleans) photographers who were celebrating their 5th anniversary while we were visiting!

Stay tuned for some more snippets from my weekend in NOLA for the AKP Retreat. I have a feeling I'm going to turn this into a blog post, since I have SO much to share with you guys!!

First up today is jumping into lectures with @ashtonkelleyphotography, we’re really digging into the darker parts of o...
03/25/2018

First up today is jumping into lectures with @ashtonkelleyphotography, we’re really digging into the darker parts of our business this morning. Sometimes these questions are tough to answer, but they give me a better understanding of why I do what I do, and truly connect with my business. #akpretreat #akpjazzyretreat #neworleans #growyourbusiness #bossbabes #knowyourbusiness #knowyourself #learnbydoing #askthehardquestions #communityovercompetition

Out of the office this weekend for the #akpjazzyretreat with my girls!! Already learning so much, I love these opportuni...
03/24/2018

Out of the office this weekend for the #akpjazzyretreat with my girls!! Already learning so much, I love these opportunities! #spurcellphotog #portraitphotographer #weddingphotographer #neworleans #akpretreat #photographyworkshop #learning #growyourbusiness #communityovercompetition

Happy Second Day of Spring, y’all! What are you up to on this snowy day? We’re going to use the day to get some extr...
03/21/2018

Happy Second Day of Spring, y’all! What are you up to on this snowy day? We’re going to use the day to get some extra editing done, and since I have a move on the horizon, I’ll probably (maybe) start packing. Or maybe i should work on packing for this weekend’s #akpretreat in #neworleans, lol. #spurcellphotog #snowday #workingfromhome #spring2018 #sppathome #loudouncounty #loveloudoun #lovesnow #springtimeinvirginia

Welp. I did it. I've been saying I was going to do it after the first AKP Retreat (in August). I was even more convinced...
03/08/2018
Jumping Back Into Blogging | Northern VA Photographer

Welp. I did it. I've been saying I was going to do it after the first AKP Retreat (in August). I was even more convinced, and had a PLAN to do it after the second Retreat (in October). And then in January, at the most recent retreat, I was basically handed the tools to write, schedule, and basically kick butt at blogging.

Well, here we are .. on March 8th. Better late than never? HAHA. Something like that ;-)

http://bit.ly/2G6yADl

I've learned a huge lesson while waiting to blog.  The truth of it is, the "right" time never comes. There is always something that stops it from being the perfect moment.

Happy Women's Day! Take a moment and honor one of your (or maybe ALL of them!) favorite women today! A big shoutout to a...
03/08/2018

Happy Women's Day! Take a moment and honor one of your (or maybe ALL of them!) favorite women today! A big shoutout to all of my lovelies from my very first #akpretreat. That trip was life-changing. Men are awesome, but the way that women stick together and support each other is absolutely incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #womensday2018 #happywomensday #girlbosses #girlbosslife

As someone who (nearly) always gifts Barnes and Noble gift cards to children in lieu of toys, I wholeheartedly support a...
03/06/2018

As someone who (nearly) always gifts Barnes and Noble gift cards to children in lieu of toys, I wholeheartedly support any organization that promotes and encourages reading. Getting kids interested in reading at a young age is so important for so many reasons.

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Shared from Imagination Library - St. Clair County:
Are you ready to support Imagination Library in another amazing community wide giving day?

Help us win $250 and get a head start on our giving day goal! Like, share, or comment on our post! The agency post that reaches the most people will win $250!

Read more about The Big Give on June 12:
http://www.stclairfoundation.org/news/more/the_big_give_is_coming_june_12

#TheBigGive #AllIn

Are you ready to support Imagination Library in another amazing community wide giving day?

Help us win $250 and get a head start on our giving day goal! Like, share, or comment on our post! The agency post that reaches the most people will win $250!

Read more about The Big Give on June 12:
http://www.stclairfoundation.org/news/more/the_big_give_is_coming_june_12

#TheBigGive #AllIn

Wedding day snow showers couldn't slow this couple down... they were HOT!! Of course, they're no stranger to snow on the...
02/19/2018

Wedding day snow showers couldn't slow this couple down... they were HOT!! Of course, they're no stranger to snow on their wedding day. But we'll save THAT story for the blog! ;-)

02/18/2018

The struggles of being a cat mom, lol. Toby loves to "help" me with my product shoots. He was especially interested in my keychain from @createdbyjoedi ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#spurcellphotog #sppbts #sppkitty #tobytails #collabs #productphotography #communityovercompetition

02/16/2018

Ahhhh details. You steal my heart every time. I knew this set was going to make me melt the minute I saw it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Paper - @ealexdesigns
Dried Leaves - @rockpapersis
Ring Box - @themrsbox

Opinions wanted! Calling all Brides! Past, present, future....I'm looking at YOU ... what is/was the hardest part of pla...
02/16/2018

Opinions wanted! Calling all Brides! Past, present, future....I'm looking at YOU ... what is/was the hardest part of planning your wedding? Picking out the invitations? Deciding on a menu? For me(Amanda), it was picking out my dress, lol. I must have tried on a million of them. Drop a comment below and let us know what part makes your eyes cross!
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#spurcellphotog #bridetobe #bride #weddingplanning #newlyengaged #weddingplanningstress

Still going strong in the Shoot & Share Photo Contest!! We won't know until it's over which photos make it to the end, b...
02/11/2018
Shoot & Share | The Photo Contest

Still going strong in the Shoot & Share Photo Contest!! We won't know until it's over which photos make it to the end, but the number of favorited images keeps going up, so I know at least some are still hanging on!! This is the first year we've submitted, and I can't believe how much fun it is!!

Here are some details about the contest:
We are officially in ROUND 5 of voting! We started with:
412,379 photos, 42,719 more were eliminated and
192,505 Remain! (less than half!) So far, we've had over
73,437 voters participate from
122 different countries. Voters have spent over
120,000 HOURS of cumulative time casting
30 MILLION votes in only 8 days!
We need your help to keep narrowing down throughout each round, so keep voting! A quick reminder, you won't be able to see how your photos do until the results are released at the end of voting.

Head on over to contest.shootandshare.com/vote to check out some of the amazinggggg images, and cast some votes of your own!! You never know, you just might see one of ours!

The Photo Contest is unique because it's all about the photos. It's not about popularity or the ability to rally social media for votes. And the best part... You choose the winners. You are the judge. Everyone gets to vote.

I've always been a cupcake girl, and never really had a use for macarons. That all changed after seeing these amazing cr...
02/05/2018

I've always been a cupcake girl, and never really had a use for macarons. That all changed after seeing these amazing creations from @dearmacaron at the #akpretreat. Not only are they gorgeous, but they taste incredible!! What's your fave dessert?

While we're not really that into football, we're totally into throwing it back to the lovely Manila. Stunning, and SUCH ...
02/05/2018

While we're not really that into football, we're totally into throwing it back to the lovely Manila. Stunning, and SUCH a sweetheart! #spurcellphotog #portraitphotography #nofootballhere

Rings are such a beautiful expression of personality #spurcellphotog #weddingrings #weddingday #vaphotographer #allinthe...
02/04/2018

Rings are such a beautiful expression of personality #spurcellphotog #weddingrings #weddingday #vaphotographer #allinthedetails

Voting is now OPEN!! Click the link below to take part in the annual Shoot & Share photo contest! Vote as much or as lit...
02/02/2018
Shoot & Share | The Photo Contest

Voting is now OPEN!! Click the link below to take part in the annual Shoot & Share photo contest! Vote as much or as little as you want, it's completely anonymous and totally FREE! We went ALL IN this year and submitted 50 images across 20+ categories.

http://contest.shootandshare.com

The Photo Contest is unique because it's all about the photos. It's not about popularity or the ability to rally social media for votes. And the best part... You choose the winners. You are the judge. Everyone gets to vote.

A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to get away to Florida for another AKP Retreat These events are always so much fun, a...
01/24/2018

A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to get away to Florida for another AKP Retreat These events are always so much fun, and always come with a styled shoot. So many wonderful details came together to make this an perfect example of a beachy wedding. I have to give a huge shoutout to Nick and Mikki Collins, our gorgeous couple, as they braved some wicked winds and low temps to allow us this chance!!

Styled shoot elements a courtesy of:
Event - AKP Retreat
Venue - Destin Bay House
Design and Florals - Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill
HMUA- Powder & Paint
Invitations - Rock Paper Sisters
Cake - Blue Lace Cakes

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